Tips for applying for SS disability with a cochlear implant
"I would appreciate tips in applying for SS disability with a cochlear implant"
Social Security evaluates all hearing impairments on the basis of the person's ability to hear and distinguish speech. Social Security's disability guidebook (the list of impairments) states that claimant alleging deafness should have the following examinations: Otalaryngologic examination, puretone air and bone audiometry, speech reception threshold and speech discrimination testing.
All of these reports should be submitted to Social Security. You do not have to bring them with you but, ideally, you should have medical sources that could provide them. Since cochlear implants give uniform results, your case would be evaluated upon your ability to hear and distinguish speech.
Here are some links that provide tips for filing a claim:
Disability Tips - how a claim gets worked on
Tips for Getting Disability approved
Tips to prepare for filing for disability
Tips for a disability reconsideration
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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